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Grimm Review: On My Mother's Side

Maid Marian is back and kicking butt! I'm so glad to see her, and also a little depressed because if Mary Elizabeth is now old enough to have a son as old as Nicky (25+), that makes me old. :-( @Simone below - I never had the impression that there was only one Grimm in the entire world at one time. I thought Aunt Marie said that Grimm abilities emerged at a certain age, and not in every Grimm. It's been inferred that the Grimms in Europe work for the "royal houses." Nick, just tell poor Hank that he's not crazy. It's the unknown that is making him freak out because he thinks he's all alone. I hope Nick & Mama Grimm, with Monroe & Rosalie, can help him understand.

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Smash Review: And Marilyn is....

(continued from below)...Personally, I like the scenes w/him interacting with Eileen & Julia because they all bring a different perspective. Derek plays the blunt, serious guy while Eileen is all sophisticated finesse and Julia is a harried, crazy artist type. I still laugh when I recall the look on Debra Messing's face delivering that line, "She needs a PHONE CALL!" IF a Karen-Derek "thing" is in the plans, I think it needs to develop very slowly, almost sneaking up on both of them without either realizing it.

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Smash Review: And Marilyn is....

Let's talk Derek. I think he's hot. But, I have a thing for tall, intimidating British guys like him, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) & Tom Hiddleston (Loki in THE AVENGERS). It's been established that professionally, he's awesome. That's why Eileen is paying big bucks to have him on the team. For those who don't understand why he can have the final say, it's like this - he's THE DIRECTOR. When it comes to last-minute decisions, there is no democracy. It's his way, or the highway. Ideally, yes, the entire creative team should have a say in all elements of the show. That's when there is the luxury of time. BOMBSHELL didn't have that luxury when Rebecca dropped out. They had less than 24 hours. So, in crisis mode, the director is the general & everyone needs to fall in line. That's why he gets paid the big bucks. Personally, Derek is a player. No one except Tom seems to know anything about his emotional life. Work is obviously the main thing for him. Personally, I like the scenes w/him interacting with Eileen & Julia because they all bring a different perspective. Derek plays the blunt, serious guy while Eileen is all sophisticated finesse and Julia is a harried, crazy artist type. I still laugh when I recall the look on Debra Messing's face delivering that line, "She needs a PHONE CALL!" IF a Karen-Derek "thing" is in the plans, I think it needs to develop very slowly, almost sneaking up on both of them without either realizing it.

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Smash Review: And Marilyn is....

For those who think it's unrealistic Karen could learn the show in one day, you haven't been an understudy and didn't listen to the episode. Understudies KNOW the show. They just haven't rehearsed it with the chorus, had costumes tailor-made for them, run through blocking, scene changes, etc. We've seen Karen studying her script for the past 3 episodes & can infer from that she knows her dialogue, songs, choreography, etc. The only thing Karen dealt with that was totally new was the final song written by Julia & Tom. And, she knocked that out of the park IMO. BTW, don't believe a total newbie can get a part like Karen & become a star? Talk to Chris Colfer, Jennifer Hudson, & Gabourey Sidibe. It's rare, but it happens.

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Smash Review: And Marilyn is....

@Abcde - Karen had great energy in last week's rendition of "Smash" and this week's "I Never Met A Wolf" IMO. She keeps up with the entire male chorus, and in "20th Century Mambo," she mambos up a storm. In fact, she danced more than Ivy did the entire season because she was part of the chorus. Her delivery was focused and intense as it was meant to be in the final song, "Don't Forget Me." I don't know what you expect. Not all songs are meant to be "high energy."

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Smash Review: And Marilyn is....

I have an idea for Ellis next season. After the successful preview in Boston, Ellis returns to Eileen's NYC office & threatens to take her to court unless he's reinstated as a producer. She counters by telling him that Rebecca knows he put peanuts in her shake, and will file assault charges against him at Eileen's direction if he EVER does anything to stop BOMBSHELL again. A friend of Nick's, Eileen's boyfriend, is waiting to talk to Eileen about recouping their investment. He overhears Ellis' threat & follows him. Later, he's seen striking up a conversation with Ellis about producing another show. Ellis is picked up by him in a car to meet "other investors," car door closes, and he's never seen again. HOORAY!

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Smash Review: Did Bombshell Bomb?

CLARIFICATION to Part II below: Meant to write, "This is ALSO true if you're a Christian invited by a Jewish friend to a wedding or event at a synagogue. Y'all are welcome! What is the big deal?"

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Smash Review: Did Bombshell Bomb?

Part III...(continued from below) Every music LOVER should learn how the roots of singing traditional Christian hymns helped slaves to survive their captivity and develop a unique cultural heritage. The jazz that influenced Gershwin, Porter & Berlin had its beginnings in gospel, which shouldn't detract or diminish any composition.

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Smash Review: Did Bombshell Bomb?

Part II....@StBob - Why do you think a church scene would be offensive to gays, Jews & lovers of musicals? Truly puzzled. Do you really paint all denominations with the same paintbrush & have no knowledge of their different beliefs (big mistake!). Here's the truth - PLENTY of gay people are Christian. Many Christian families love their gay sons & daughters, and are active in their churches. Jewish people are welcome to enter a Christian church at any time to participate, and it in no way is a slight on their faith or cultural heritage. The opposite is true if you're a Christian invited by a Jewish friend to a wedding or event at a synagogue. Y'all are welcome! What is the big deal? And, for goodness sake's - how exactly did singing gospel insult lovers of musicals? That one truly baffles me! If music has played a big part in any American community through the years, it's the African-American community. Every music LOVER should learn how the roots of singing traditional Christian hymns strengthened slaves' resolve to survive, and how that morphed into gospel music & jazz through the centuries.

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Smash Review: Did Bombshell Bomb?

Derek isn't boyfriend material, you say? I think he would wholeheartedly agree! He never saw himself as Ivy's boyfriend; just as two "professionals" paying each other a little "attention." Ivy's feelings for him are probably entangled with her ambition to either play Marilyn, or become as beloved as MM with all her romantic problems & emotional frailty. Considering the pill-popping and how quickly she dove onto Derek's casting couch, I wonder if Ivy character is blurring the lines between reality & fantasy, trying to act like MM in order to play MM. Careful, girl. Loved the scene w/Eileen singing "September Song." Yes, I was fully aware of its significance. Cannot, however, believe for a minute that Eileen was ever as presumptuous or rude as Ellis. Ambitious, of course. But, Ellis' lack of respect for seasoned professionals needs to get him thrown out a window fast! (Ooops! Mixed up SHERLOCK w/SMASH there for a minute!)

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